NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be Justin Smoaks go-ahead homer against the Los Angeles Angels. Save the best for last, perhaps, was what Smoak was thinking on Sunday. He finally hit his first homer from the right side of the plate! Better late than never, and hopefully this will stop the talk of him abandoning his switch hitting duties.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his prediction for what Seattle’s 2014 lineup will look like. With a plethora of youth already up with the club, Seattle returns a bevy of starters in 2014 but does have a need to pursue a DH in free agency as Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez don’t seem like realistic options for the position next season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the recent debacle that was Seattle’s series against the Boston Red Sox. Losing the first game 8-2, the Mariners suffered a heartbreaking, 5-4 loss in fifteen innings on Wednesday night and followed up that effort with one of the biggest breakdowns in closer history, as Tom Wilhelmsen allowed the Sox to come back from a five-run deficit to eventually win the game 8-7. Now sitting at 50-58 on the year, Seattle is 13 games back in the AL West and 10 games in the AL Wild Card.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the predicament the Seattle Mariners are moving towards with the trade deadline looming. Seattle’s record right now is 47-52. That sees them 11 games out of first in the AL West and 9.5 games back in the AL Wild Card. While this would leave some to believe that the Mariners are completely out of the playoff picture, with the way they’ve played recently and the tools they will be getting back in the near future, I really believe anything is possible with the squad this year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jeff Budke grades the players on a scale of 1-10 on their performance through the All-Star Game. Felix Hernandez earns the high score of the group, with Raul Ibanez, Kyle Seager and Hisashi Iwakuma behind him. Next comes Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley. We didn’t even touch on how first baseman Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse are.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ insider Jonas Hyde reevaluates some predictions he made about the Mariners recently. Fortunately for Jonas, both of his predictions came true. Seattle went into the break with an 8-5 record in July and Justin Smoak saw himself surge in his numbers, leading many to believe that he has finally arrived. Going forward, if Jonas’ tea leaves yield any other gems, he’ll be sure to share them with all of you.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jordin Ereth breaks down why Justin Smoak is finally showing signs of reaching his potential. Smoak has shown glimpses of the highly touted prospect he was supposed to be, but never kept it going. However, he’s coming in to his own since returning from the disabled list, and the numbers prove it.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why he doesn’t think a single one of us should write of the Mariners just yet. Even with an unstable rotation, and a lack of run scoring ability, these boys have some fight left in them. Plus, with all of the roster moves over the past month and a half, Jonas thinks the right players are finally in the right place. For starters Mike Zunino has replaced Jesus Montero, and will offer better defense and likely more at the plate.